Author Archive: Jef Burnham

Jef is a writer and educator in Chicago, Illinois. He holds a degree in Media & Cinema Studies from DePaul University, but sometimes he drops it and picks it back up again. He's also the Editor-in-Chief of FilmMonthly.com and is fueled entirely by coffee (as if you couldn't tell).

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Cinerama Holiday / South Seas Adventure

Cinerama Holiday / South Seas Adventure

| November 5, 2013 | 2 Comments

Continuing their series of Cinerama releases, last week Flicker Alley released the second and fifth/final Cinerama travelogues ever produced (Cinerama Holiday (1955) and South Seas Adventure (1958)) on home video for the first time ever in Blu-ray/DVD Combo Editions. As with Flicker Alley’s previous releases of This is Cinerama and Windjammer, both Cinerama Holiday and […]

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The Beauty of the Devil

The Beauty of the Devil

| October 29, 2013 | 0 Comments

With each subsequent classic film release, Cohen Film Collection is proving themselves more-and-more to be a go-to distributor for classic film on home video. Cohen’s previous releases of Luis Buñuel’s Tristana (1970), The Thief of Bagdad (1924), and The Damned (1947) all thoroughly wowed me, and the impressive trend continues here in their release of […]

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Devil in My Ride makes its Midwest Premiere on Nov. 30th

Devil in My Ride makes its Midwest Premiere on Nov. 30th

| October 29, 2013 | 0 Comments

It’s no secret. We here at FilmMonthly love co-writer/director Gary Michael Schultz’s debut feature, Devil in My Ride. Just check out Jason Coffman’s glowing review of Devil from earlier this month! The film premiered at Shriekfest 2013 and is making its way to Chicago (from where Schultz hails) for its Midwest premiere on Saturday, November […]

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The Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts: Complete Collection

The Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts: Complete Collection

| October 29, 2013 | 0 Comments

Where do you turn when you want to watch Orson Welles make fun of Jimmy Stewart, or to see the two take turns teasing Dean Martin? Where else could you expect to hear a Rich Little impression of Truman Capote performing as General George S. Patton? Or find the likes of Bob Hope and Don […]

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Primeval: New World

Primeval: New World

| October 26, 2013 | 0 Comments

As a spin-off of the British series, Primeval, this 2012-13 Canadian-British co-production certainly pays homage to its source, but ultimately struck out in its own direction. Set in the same universe, only on the other side of the pond so to speak, Primeval: New World follows a team in Vancouver who endeavor to protect the […]

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Brave 10

Brave 10

| October 25, 2013 | 0 Comments

NIS America is one of the most exciting anime distributors at work today, and not just because their Premium Edition collections are among the most beautiful, display-worthy sets on the market. Anything but predictable, NIS consistently releases anime that pushes the boundaries of what those of us who are accustomed to the North American anime […]

The Internship

The Internship

| October 24, 2013 | 0 Comments

As an exercise in cinematic product placement, The Internship (2013) is an unmitigated failure. It’s a $58 million commercial that succeeds not in endearing viewers to the product it’s advertising, but instead promotes resentment toward said product through the movie’s transparently-motivated, interminable praise of it. That product: Google. According to The Internship, Google is not […]

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The Heat

The Heat

| October 20, 2013 | 0 Comments

If you’re like me, October means horror movies. Any money I have put aside for Blu-rays goes exclusively to horror films, as does any free time I may have. Already this month, I’ve watched something like twenty-five horror movies and almost as many episodes of Tales from the Crypt. This is my favorite time of […]

On the Riviera

On the Riviera

| October 15, 2013 | 0 Comments

Danny Kaye was more than a song-and-dance man—a star of stage and screen (both big and small). He was also a humanitarian who supported numerous charities and served as the first ever ambassador-at-large of UNICEF. All those who knew him, so far as I can tell, declare him to be nothing short of an absolutely […]

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Digimon: Seasons 1-4 Collection

Digimon: Seasons 1-4 Collection

| October 14, 2013 | 1 Comments

After the Pokemon franchise proved itself to be an overwhelming, immediate success in 1996, it’s no surprise that a host of similar, if not outright derivative, franchises would emerge in its wake. Digimon, one such post-Pokemon franchise, premiered in 1997 as a line of pocket pets in the Tamagotchi vein, but would soon spawn an […]

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